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Natural Gas STAR Program

Natural Gas STAR Outreach and Events

Facilitating information exchange on cost-effective methane emissions reduction technologies and practices is the core mission of the Natural Gas STAR Program. The Natural Gas STAR Program hosts a series of Technology Transfer Workshops and the Annual Implementation Workshop to further this goal.

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual AGA-EPA Natural Gas STAR/Methane Challenge Renewable Natural Gas Workshop & Exhibit
Fort Worth, TX - October 23, 2018

This workshop will take place at the Omni Forth Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, in conjunction with the AGA 2018 Operations Section Fall Committee Meetings. This workshop is hosted by EPA’s Natural Gas STAR and Methane Challenge Programs, in collaboration with the American Gas Association (AGA). 

The workshop will feature panel discussions on renewable natural gas (RNG) including:

  • Project case studies;
  • Technical issues; and
  • Policy and market forces.

This workshop will be free to attend and open to the public. Additional details, including how to register, are available on the event page.

Data-driven Decision Making Technology Transfer Workshop
San Francisco, CA - December 14, 2018

EPA's Natural Gas STAR and Methane Challenge programs will convene a workshop focused on the use of data and analytics in the oil & gas industry to drive operational changes to mitigate methane emissions. Talks will cover the analytics process, focusing on the following topics:

  • Data Generation: How do companies determine exactly what questions they want to answer and what data they need? How do they then choose the best hardware/technology for a task—something that will be cost-effective and generate the data they need, in a format they can work with?
  • Data Management, Analysis, and Interpretation: After selecting a technology and generating data, how does a company select the right software/analytical approach, and ensure they have the right people on staff, to manage, analyze, and interpret the data?
  • Data-driven Decisions: Finally, after data generation/collection and analysis is complete, how does a company put the results to use, get staff buy-in, and modify/improve operational processes to mitigate methane emissions?

This workshop will be free to attend and open to the public. Registration will open soon!

Recent Events

Renewable Natural Gas Webinar - Landfill Gas to Pipeline Project
June 14, 2018, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

The Natural Gas STAR Program and  Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) hosted a webinar about a successful landfill gas (LFG) to energy project that upgrades the LFG into pipeline quality renewable natural gas (RNG) for vehicle fuel.

Transmission and Storage Technology Transfer Workshop
Glen Allen, VA - June 7, 2018

EPA's Natural Gas STAR and Methane Challenge programs convened a technology transfer workshop to discuss emission sources and mitigation options in the Transmission and Storage segment. The event was hosted by Dominion Energy, Inc. in Glen Allen, VA. Topics discussed at the workshop included:

  • Methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain
  • Leak detection research along the transmission segment
  • Temporary compression, isolation valve design, venting gas recovery systems, and replacing compressor rod packing
  • Implementation of a methane reduction & reporting program for a ONE Future company
  • Technologies and services offered by vendors

Natural Gas STAR and Methane Challenge Annual Implementation Workshop
Houston, Texas - October 24-26, 2017

This year's workshop was a forum for sharing solutions and cutting edge technologies and practices to reduce methane emissions. The workshop featured Partner Company speakers sharing their innovative approaches to reducing methane emissions. Agenda topics covered a range of issues such as:

  • Addressing Emissions from Excavation Damages
  • Advanced Technologies for Methane Emissions Detection and Quantification
  • Developments in Renewable Natural Gas
  • Methane Challenge Program
  • International Initiatives and Studies

Renewable Natural Gas – Driving Value for the Natural Gas and Biogas Sectors Workshop
Broomfield, Colorado - September 26, 2017

This workshop was hosted in conjunction with the American Gas Association’s 2017 Operations Section Fall Committee Meetings. Renewable natural gas (RNG) is produced when biogas from renewable sources (manure and organics digesters, landfills, wastewater treatment plants) is upgraded to natural gas pipeline quality and received by natural gas utilities for distribution and use by their customers. The primary purpose of this one-day workshop was to further the dialogue and foster partnerships amongst players in the natural gas and biogas industries. Topics discussed at the workshop included:

  • Company case studies
  • Policy and market forces
  • Technologies and services offered by vendors
  • Federal and state-level policies and incentives
  • Upgrade and clean-up technologies
  • Gas quality issues

Previous Events

EPA sponsors the Natural Gas STAR Annual Implementation Workshop to further the Program's primary goal of facilitating information exchange about cost-effective methane emission reduction technologies and practices. This workshop brings together Natural Gas STAR partners and industry experts to discuss the latest technologies and practices.

Technology transfer workshops provide a forum for oil and natural gas companies to receive and share detailed information about current cost-effective technologies and practices to reduce methane emissions in their specific sector. Workshops are free-of-charge and open to anyone.

Methane Challenge Electronic Reporting Webinar

March 23, 2017, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
This webinar was held for Methane Challenge partners to discuss the e-GGRT registration process and to review the reporting forms.
View the webinar presentation.

Methane Challenge Program BMP Commitment: Distribution Segment Webinar

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
The purpose of this webinar was to review the BMP Commitment Framework and Distribution Segment Supplementary Technical Information document and to answer questions of potential Partners.
View the webinar presentation


Methane Challenge Program Best Management Practice Webinars

EPA hosted a series of webinars to provide details about the proposed Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program (“Methane Challenge”). The webinars provided an overview of the proposed Methane Challenge and the proposed Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce methane emissions from key recommended sources. Each webinar included a question and answer session and participants were encouraged to provide feedback. Three webinars were conducted for the following sectors:

Natural Gas Distribution Sector

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT
View the webinar presentation

Natural Gas Transmission and Underground Storage Sector

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT
View the webinar presentation

Onshore Production & Gathering and Boosting Sector

Natural Gas Processing Sector

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT
View the webinar presentation